DARRAN LAWLESS, PLACEFIRST | Is responsible for driving UK growth for the leading and award-winning build-to-rent provider. As well as overseeing new developments, Darran has responsibility for building strategic relationships, working with external providers and managing existing partnerships.

Lawless joins Peel as Ashworth retires

Peel Land & Property has named Darran Lawless as successor to development director Lindsey Ashworth when he retires in April, taking over as the lead for the £5bn Liverpool Waters.

Lawless brings over 28 years’ experience to the role including most recently establishing development consultancy Petre Properties. Prior to this he was managing director of Engine of the North, Cheshire East Council’s wholly owned development company, responsible for the council’s £400m of assets and charged with bringing forward new housing, growth, regeneration and capital receipts. Lawless resigned from Engine of the North in 2015.

He previously spent 15 years as development director at Muse, responsible for numerous schemes throughout the North West including St Paul’s Square, Liverpool on behalf of English Cities Fund.

He joins the Liverpool Waters team as long-awaited activity begins at the £5bn regeneration project. Construction recently started on Peel’s PRS apartment block for Regenda, Plaza 1821, which is being built alongside proposals from Your Housing Group’s Hive City Docks and Moda Living’s The Lexington, which will collectively will deliver 1,000 apartments on Princes Dock over the next two years.

James Whittaker, Peel Land & Property Group development director said: “It’s been 10 years since Peel revealed its ambitions for Liverpool Waters and Lindsey has done an incredible job in obtaining planning consent, delivering residential development, securing Everton Football Club’s interest in relocating to the site, assisting Liverpool City Council in its plans to bring a new Ocean Liner terminal to the City and working with the Manx Government to secure the relocation of the Isle of Man ferry. Darran will build on this success as we enter the next exciting phase of Liverpool Waters development.”

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